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Tonight is the last night with my cat before we leave for Paris. He's staying with my parents, and he'll be in excellent hands, but I've been choking back tears all day.

I haven't left him for more than a week in 13 years.

To say I am sad is a staggering understatement. Anyone been there done that? I need positive stories!


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by heidi

I totally understand. All will be well… don’t worry!

We left our beloved old dog with my sig other’s parents for 7 months when we moved to Thailand. It was the most difficult decision ever.

When we returned to the States, we went to pick her up and as we walked in the door she did the most amazing happy-dance. The reunion made our hearts feel full.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kotori

When we moved to Scotland our dogs had to be quarantined for 6 months – it was so hard. But when we were finally (!) able to reunite they were both so happy to see us. They didn’t resent us a bit (and we were glad to have them back!) Have a fabulous trip to Paris!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Design Lovely

I was away from my cat for 6 months due to quarentined moving back to Hawaii. (fortunately it was at a friends house)and it was so funny because he knew for some reason he was going to be with us again and waited in his kennel which he usually hates. I was worried he wouldn’t be the same around us but he got situated pretty fast and it was like old times again. Hope this gives you some reassurance if you are having the same doubts I did. Have a fabulous time in Paris!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle Brunner

Everything will be fine! Don’t worry! I totally understand what you are going through! Your kitty will miss you but as long as he is with someone you trust all will be well!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by liza

I was going to write about my experience leaving my cats (all was well and they forgave me when I returned), but it seems more important right now to tell you my word verification is purfura – this must be a sign that your purry furry beautiful cat will be just fine and so will you!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by DRB

For many years we travelled, on the average of 40 weeks/year. Sometimes with; sometimes w/o our cat, Amelia. The most important thing that we learned is that, by nature, she lived “in the moment.” Even though experience became cumulative in her memory, every bowl of food, cuddle on the couch, and tickle behind the ears was just like it was the first time. While you’re away, just think of all of the NEW moments she’ll be collecting to tell you about on your return. Travel Safely. DB

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mal

aww – i would be very sad to leave my dog for and undetermined amount of time.

Not sure this will help, but when we go on long trips (which happens once a year at least) we hire a dog sitter. We also have a web cm so that we can check in on the dog at random intervals. The first time we did this, I had a friend stay with him at night so he wouldn’t be too lonely. He seemed completely fine, if not a little pouty, so we left him by himself the next few trips and he does pretty well.

The web cam really helps to assuage some of those “leaving the pet behind” fears.

Have a safe trip to your new home.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kelly McClorey

what a beautiful boy! (i’m guessing he’s a he…looks just like our cat bosco!) and my heart hurts for you having to say farewell…so hard i know…but so good that you are leaving him with the perfect catsitters who will give you constant updates and him lots of fuss. good luck with your exciting new adventure! x

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Cheryl

Hey. I totally understand. When we moved to the UAE 4 months ago, we had to leave our dog, Bear, at home (my bro is taking great care of him). We miss him so much. But don’t worry, sounds like your kitty is in good hands! Not sure how young your kiddos are, but we took some pics of him with us to put on the fridge for our little one to have. xx

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Julia

Oh dear, oh dear! I can understand the separation anxiety, it must be intense! I’m so glad your kitty will be in good hands.

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